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Pinellas sheriff’s deputies said the man tried buying a home, several vehicles, and multiple vessels in his brother’s name. Additional victims are possible, they said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A homeless man has been charged with mulitple counts of identity theft for trying to buy property in his brother’s name, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Stephone Patton, 45, was charged with three counts of fraudulent use of personal ID information and one count of issuing a worthless check, deputies said. They said he was using the ID information for his brother, Steven N. Patton, 48.
Deputies said they were called to a local car dealership May 27 after Patton, tried using his brother’s identification to buy a new car. Patton was arrested by deputies and charged with one count of fraudulent use of personal identification and a warrant for worthless checks.
After further investigation, deputies said they discovered that, over the course of a month, Patton tried to buy two additional cars, two jet skis, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a home, and insurance for four additional vehicles in Pinellas County using his brother’s identification.
Deputies said they believe there may be additional businesses that were victimized by Patton. If anyone has information on this investigation or has become a victim they are asked to call Detective Frazho at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.